Allied in Pride: A Reflection on Being a Better Ally Year-Round
Being an ally is a journey in continuous improvement for me. Allies are some of the most effective and powerful voices of the LGBTQ+ movement. Not only can allies help people in the coming-out process, they also help others understand the importance of equality, fairness, acceptance and mutual respect.
Allies have a big part to play, not just during PRIDE month, but year- long. Allies have the opportunity and responsibility to make their support visible and felt.
Here I share some of my thoughts and learnings on how to show up as a strong ally:
1. Be a listener who is open minded and willing to talk respectfully. From small tasks such as: asking or displaying your pronouns in an email signature to inviting LGBTQ+ colleagues to discussions and encouraging them to share their thoughts and ideas, talking AND listening is a great first step in allyship.
2. Don't assume that all your friends and colleagues identify as heterosexual. Someone close to you could be looking for support in their coming-out process. Not making assumptions will give them the space they need.
3. Anti-LGBTQ+ comments and jokes are harmful. If you hear them, let your friends, family and co-workers know that you find them offensive.
4. Believe that all people, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, should be treated with dignity and respect.
During June, you can show your solidarity by displaying a Pride flag or using a Pride-themed background on collaboration channels.
Should you or a colleague have questions around allyship or deepening discussions or workshops on DEI-B, please reach out!